Star-Studded Slate of Speakers at Metro Women’s Leadership Summit


Metro Women’s Leadership Summit to deliver

star-studded slate of speakers on June 7

2019 Metro Women's Leadership Summit
2019 Metro Women’s Leadership Summit, Photo Collage by Melody Pittman

The 2019 Metro Women’s Leadership Summit scheduled for June 7 at Newark Airport Marriott Hotel  will feature a star-studded slate of speakers, including keynote Ilyasah Shabazzdaughter of Malcom X, and health, beauty and travel experts who have vaulted to national and international prominence via social media.

The theme of the summit is “Diversity is Our Strength, Unity is Our Power…Embrace Who You Are.”

“We are going to have speakers who experienced discrimination of some kind – either gender- or race-based – and who learned from it to make their future positive,” said Joanne Vero of Travel Media Showcase, the event producer. “Some were in a situation where they needed to get their lives on track, roll up their sleeves and build a business by developing trusted relationships with their audiences.”

Metro Women's Leadership Summit 2019

Speakers include:

Ilyasah Shabazz – The third daughter of civil rights activist Malcom X, Shabazz is an author, community organizer, social activist and motivational speaker. She also is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. 

Debbie-Ann White – Senior vice president of public relations and promotions at Unique Vacations, Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts International and its properties, who recently was named to “EBONY” magazine’s 2018 Power 100 list and who will speak about the benefits of female friends vacations.

Carli Bybel – Iconic beauty and fashion guru and pioneer of the makeup tutorial genre on YouTube, amassing more than 6 million subscribers on her BeautyBybel YouTube channel.

Dr. Carol Ash – Chief medical officer at RWJUH and sleep medicine expert who frequently appears on national television shows such as “The TODAY Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Fox and Friends” and has been featured in national media outlets such as “The New York Times” and HuffPost.

Dana Vento – One-woman multimedia powerhouse influencer and TripAdvisor ambassador featured on countless national television stations and magazines.

Dallitza Perez – Renowned fitness and nutrition guru who has appeared on numerous magazine covers, including “Muscle & Fitness,” and is followed nationally on social media.

Lena Piccininni – Celebrity barber, hairdresser, makeup artist and educator who leveraged social media to reach national stardom in a male-dominated industry.

Dr. Nancy Mezey – Associate dean and sociology professor at Monmouth University and author who is nationally known for her studies in family sociology, gender, the sociology of sexualities and race-class-gender relations.

Manya Saaraswat – Miss New Jersey 2019.

and Lisa Niver, Television Host, Travel Journalist, We Said Go Travel

Lisa Niver speaking at Metro Womens Leadership Summit
Lisa Niver will be speaking at Metro Womens Leadership Summit June 7, 2019

Yet the summit will offer much more than speeches, according to Vero.

“Our goal is to celebrate diversity of women in both presentations and within the audience,” she said. “I want our audience to walk away with action steps. This is not just about listening to how our speakers did what they did but how the audience can do it, as well. What are the five or so steps each attendee can take to achieve their own goals?”

Sponsors of the event include PSEG, with its commitment to furthering diversity, and Sandals Resorts International, which will raffle off a trip to one of its properties.

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Lisa Niver workshop at Metro Women's Leadership Summit

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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